As our President spoke to African leaders, American bombers took off from a base in Turkey to bomb ISIS in a concerted effort to create a free zone in Syria that includes the city of Dabiq where Islam says it will fight a apocalyptic battle with the Crusader army. Add to this the apocalyptic rant of Huckabee, that our President rebuked in Africa, and the Zulu Nazarite prophecy I have posted on, then we have a war of words, a war of religions, and the establishment of an area of land carved out of ancient Syria with orders given to our Armed Forces by the Commander if Chief. Let all loyal Americans get behind our fighting men and women, and our President.
This is the first time a black man has commanded a powerful army against a world enemy who takes slaves in the name of Allah. According the ISIS propaganda, this makes Barak Obama the leader of the Crusader Army. In support of my President, I put the Rougemont Knights Templar in the field, in spirit of Victory over Tyranny and Evil.
May the President of the United States prove victorious over the slave masters. May all slaves be set free, in the name of Nazarite Jubilee and Democracy!
“The illustrious Kurdish royal house of Adiabene, with Arbil as its capital, was converted to Judaism in the course of the 1st century BCE, along with, it appears, a large number of Kurdish citizens in the kingdom.”
“Requirements were set up by the Angel of the Lord that Manoah’s wife (as well as Samson) were to abstain from all alcoholic beverages, and her promised child was not to shave or cut his hair. He was to be a “Nazirite” from birth. In ancient Israel, those wanting to be especially dedicated to God for a time could take a Nazarite vow.”
Nazarite Church (Zulu, ama-Nazaretha) or Shembe’s Church. The largest independent movement among the Zulu, later including other peoples. It is named from the biblical Nazirites, and represents an Old Testament form of religion—sabbatarian, and with two main festivals, Tabernacles (see SUKKOT) and the New Year, focused on their holy city Ekuphakameni, near Durban, and their holy mountain Nhlangakazi, 130 km north. The founder, Isaiah Shembe (1870–1935), a black Baptist church member, was a charismatic prophethealer who composed a great corpus of hymns in Zulu.
Helena had a golden candlestick made over the door of the Temple,” to which statement is added that when the sun rose its rays were reflected from the candlestick and everybody knew that it was the time for reading the Shema’. She also made a golden plate on which was written the passage of the Pentateuch which the priest read when a wife suspected of infidelity was brought before him. In the Jerusalem Talmud, tractate Yoma iii. 8 the candlestick and the plate are confused. The strictness with which she observed the Jewish law is thus instanced in the Talmud: “Her son [Izates] having gone to war, Helena made a vow that if he should return safe, she would become a Nazirite for the space of seven years. She fulfilled her vow, and at the end of seven years went to Judah.
The Jewish Roots of Kurdistan
The history of Judaism in Kurdistan is ancient. The Talmud holds that Jewish deportees were settled in Kurdistan 2800 years ago by the Assyrian king Shalmaneser. As indicated in the Talmud, the Jews were given permission by the rabbinic authorities to allow conversion from the local population. They were exceptionally successful in their endeavor. The illustrious Kurdish royal house of Adiabene, with Arbil as its capital, was converted to Judaism in the course of the 1st century BCE, along with, it appears, a large number of Kurdish citizens in the kingdom (see Irbil/Arbil in Encyclopaedia Judaica).
The name of the Kurdish king Monobazes (related etymologically to the name of the ancient Mannaeans), his queen Helena, and his son and successor Izates (derived from yazata, “angel”), are preserved as the first proselytes of this royal house (Ginzberg 1968, VI.412). [But this is chronologically untenable as Monobazes’ effective rule began only in CE 18. In fact during the Roman conquest of Judea and Samaria (68-67 BCE), Kurdish Adiabene was the only country outside Israel that sent provisions and troops to the rescue of the besieged Galilee (Grayzel 1968, 163) – an inexplicable act if Adiabene was not already Jewish].
Many modern Jewish historians like Kahle (1959), who believes Adiabene was Jewish by the middle of the 1st century BCE, and Neusner (1986), who goes for the middle of the 1st century CE, have tried unsuccessfully to reconcile this chronological discrepancy.
All agree that by the beginning of the 2nd century CE, at any rate, Judaism was firmly established in central Kurdistan.
Like many other Jewish communities, Christianity found Adiabene a fertile ground for conversion in the course of 4th and 5th centuries. Despite this, Jews remained a populous group in Kurdistan until the middle of the present century and the creation of the state of Israel. At home and in the synagogues, Kurdish Jews speak a form of ancient Aramaic called Suriyani (i.e., “Assyrian”), and in commerce and the larger society they speak Kurdish. Many aspects of Kurdish and Jewish life and culture have become so intertwined that some of the most popular folk stories accounting for Kurdish ethnic origins connect them with the Jews.
The tombs of Biblical prophets like Nahum in Alikush, Jonah in Nabi Yunis (ancient Nineveh), Daniel in Kirkuk, Habakkuk in Tuisirkan, and Queen Esther and Mordechai in Hamadân, and several caves reportedly visited by Elijah are among the most important Jewish shrines in Kurdistan and are venerated by all Jews today.
Further Readings and Bibliography: Encyclopaedia Judaica, entries on Kurds and Irbil/Arbil; Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews, 5th cd. (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1968); Jacob Mann, Texts and Studies in Jewish History and Literature, vol. I (London, 1932); Yona Sabar, The Folk Literature of the Kurdistani Jews (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982); Paul Magnaretta, “A Note on Aspects of Social Life among the Jewish Kurds of Sanandaj, Iran,” Jewish Journal of Sociology Xl.l (1969); Walter Fischel, “The Jews of Kurdistan,” Commentary VIII.6 (1949); Andre Cuenca, “L’oeuvre de I’Aflance Israelite Universelle en Iran,” in Les droits de I’education (Paris: UNESCO, 1960); Dina Feitelson, “Aspects of the Social Life of Kurdish Jews,” Jewish Journal of Sociology 1.2 (1910); Walter Fischel, “The Jews of Kurdistan, a Hundred Years Ago,” Jewish Social Studies (1944); Solomon Grayzel, A History of the Jews (New York: Mentor, 1968); Paul Kahle, The Cairo Geniza (Oxford, 1959); Jacob Neusner, ludaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism in Talmudic Babylonia (New York; University Press of America, 1986).
President Obama urged African leaders from across the continent Tuesday to fight corruption, violence and human rights violations in a long and winding speech in which he also pointed out the shortcomings of some countries’ leaders, including the Ethiopian and Kenyan hosts of his five-day trip to East Africa.
As the first U.S. president to address the 54 nations of the African Union, Obama switched between preaching, cajoling and even joking to make his case for democratic reforms that he argued are crucial to the rise of the continent.
“Africa’s progress will depend on democracy because Africans, like people everywhere, deserve the dignity of being in control of their own lives,” Obama said. “I’m convinced that nations cannot realize the full promise of independence until they fully protect the rights of their people.”
Kenya saw a couple firsts this weekend: the first vist from a U.S. president and the first line-dancing from a U.S. president. President Obama got down with Kenyan President Uluru Kenyatta, first lady Margaret Kenyatta, and U.S. national security advisor Susan Rice. The dance, called the Lipala, is a traditional step that has been popularized lately by the band Sauti Sol, which performed at the event.
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that President Obama’s Iran deal is so bad it will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Candidates, politicians and groups were quick to denounce — or defend — the Holocaust reference.
Here’s Huckabee’s full quote, said in an interview with Breitbart News‘ editor-in-chief, Alexander Marlow, on Saturday:
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.”
President Obama hit back at Huckabee during a press conference in Ethiopia, calling his comments “part of just a general pattern that we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”
The president spoke about what he called a “general pattern” of rhetoric on the Republican side — most notably in the controversial comments made on the trail by Donald Trump.
“We just don’t fling out ad hominem attacks like that, because it doesn’t help inform the American people,” the president said. “Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now.”
Huckabee defended what he said Monday, releasing a statement and tweeting, “For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to ‘destroy,’ ‘annihilate,’ and ‘wipe Israel off the map’ with a ‘big Holocaust.’ ”
Trump’s special counsel Michael Cohen said Monday he doesn’t think Trump is offended by Huckabee’s comments. Cohen, who said his father is a Holocaust survivor, told CNN, “We’ve been there. … I can tell you — there’s that old statement, ‘Never again.’ What Trump is trying to say is a nuclear Iran is the destruction of this world. What we need is a strong America.”
He added, “I’m not offended by the words. What I am is I’m concerned. I’m truly concerned for the safety of not just this country but the countries all around the world.”
On its October 2014 issue, a photoshopped picture on the front story cover titled “The Failed Crusade”, depicted IS‘s jihadi black flag risen atop the Egyptian obelisk at the center of St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Bosnian imam Bilal Bosnić was also quoted saying: “In time, the whole world will be an Islamic state […] Our goal is to make sure that even the Vatican will be Muslim”. The same issue contained an article titled “The revival (of) slavery before the Hour”, which acknowledged the enslavement of female members of the Yazidi sect after overrunning their villages in northwestern Iraq. The article outlined religious justifications for slavery and praised its revival.